Things that float


Well, I guess I jinxed myself yesterday when I said that it seemed Providence & Worcester train NR-2 was settling back into their normal schedule. I got out a bit late, but nothing out of the ordinary, so I figured I’d at least be able to catch NR-2 at the Nautilus. Short answer – Nope.

As I was heading north on Thames Street, something odd came across the scanner on the Amtrak frequency. The Amtrak Shore Line dispatcher was informing a track car that they couldn’t move yet because NR-2 was approaching them. But the odd thing was the location of the track car – the Connecticut River drawbridge (aka CONN) between Old Lyme and Old Saybrook! Well, that answers that – no NR-2 today. Oh, well, at least I got out for a bit.

As I was passing Electric Boat and contemplating where to turn around, something on the Thames caught my eye – the sail of a northbound Los Angeles class fast attack sub. With where she was and where I was the only spot I could catch them was just south of the drawbridge. So I set my sights for that parking lot.

I got there just as the sub was passing the State Pier in New London. And it wasn’t just the pier – the freighter Kom was tied up unloading copper anodes destined for Phelps-Dodge in Norwich. Shot #1 is of the pair

A US Navy Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads north in the Thames River, past the freighter Kom moored at the State Pier in New London
A US Navy Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads north in the Thames River, past the freighter Kom moored at the State Pier in New London
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Next up is a wider shot with the decrepit dock in the foreground

A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads north in the Thames River, passing the freighter Kom
A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads north in the Thames River, passing the freighter Kom
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Swapping the telephoto on, I got a closeup of the sail as the sub passed by the State Pier

Heading past the State Pier in New London
Heading past the State Pier in New London
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Then back to the wide angle for a shot of the attack sub heading for the opening bridge

A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads north in the Thames River approaching the Amtrak drawbridge
A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads north in the Thames River approaching the Amtrak drawbridge
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As the sub and her escorts went through the drawbridge, I hopped back in the car and headed north. I picked a spot south of the Nautilus, right across the river from the Thames Shipyard. The sub got there a minute later – the first shot was of the bow of the boat with the drydocks in the background.

A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads north in the Thames River past the Thames Shipyard
A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads north in the Thames River past the Thames Shipyard
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Then a tight crop of the sail as they passed in front of a high speed ferry in drydock

The crew of the Los Angeles class submarine ride the sail with a high speed ferry in the drydocks behind the sub
The crew of the Los Angeles class submarine ride the sail with a high speed ferry in the drydocks behind the sub
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And a bit wider with the John P. Wronowski in the next two frames

The John P. Wronowski heads north alongside the Los Angeles class fast attack sub with the Thames Shipyard drydocks in the background
The John P. Wronowski heads north alongside the Los Angeles class fast attack sub with the Thames Shipyard drydocks in the background
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The John P. Wronowski heads north alongside the Los Angeles class fast attack sub
The John P. Wronowski heads north alongside the Los Angeles class fast attack sub
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Just then a US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable escort came up alongside the sub

A US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable boat escorts a Los Angeles class fast attack sub back to the sub base.  The rudder of the sub is visible in the background
A US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable boat escorts a Los Angeles class fast attack sub back to the sub base. The rudder of the sub is visible in the background
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And as the sub passed by, I clicked off a trio of shots

The John P. Wronowski heads north alongside the Los Angeles class fast attack sub
The John P. Wronowski heads north alongside the Los Angeles class fast attack sub
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The Los Angeles class sub heads north in the Thames River
The Los Angeles class sub heads north in the Thames River
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The Los Angeles class sub heads north in the Thames River
The Los Angeles class sub heads north in the Thames River
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A minute or so later, another trio of shots of the flotilla heading towards the sub base

Two US Coast Guard escorts, two tugs and a Los Angeles class fast attack submarine head for the US Navy's submarine base in Groton, CT
Two US Coast Guard escorts, two tugs and a Los Angeles class fast attack submarine head for the US Navy's submarine base in Groton, CT
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A US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable boat patrols around the returning Los Angeles class fast attack submarine
A US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable boat patrols around the returning Los Angeles class fast attack submarine
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The Los Angeles Class fast attack submarine continues north to the sub base
The Los Angeles Class fast attack submarine continues north to the sub base
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Pretty good salvage for a morning that lacked any rail action. On the way back to the office, I pulled off and got a couple shots of the Kom as she unloaded her cargo of copper

The freighter Kom unloads copper anodes destined for the Phelps-Dodge facility in Norwich, CT
The freighter Kom unloads copper anodes destined for the Phelps-Dodge facility in Norwich, CT
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The stern of the freighter Kom
The stern of the freighter Kom
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Then I packed up and headed back to the office for the rest of the day.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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